Information about the Books

Thoughts for the Upper Room

•contains reflections on 249 Bible Themes, written in simple and conversational style of language.
• It has a foreword/preface written by Archbishop Vincent Concessao of New Delhi.
• Published by Pauline Publications, the Book consists of 344 pages and the price is Rs. 125/- or $15.
• It is hoped that the book will be useful for daily meditation and reflection on the Bible and for preaching and teaching.

From the Upper Room to the Altar of the World
contains:
• 122 Bible Themes
• 27 Themes on Feasts and Solemnities
• 18 Themes on Sacred Heart of Jesus
• Foreword by Bishop Franco of New Delhi
• Published by Pauline Publications, the Book consists of 317 pages and the price is Rs. 160/- or $12.
For more information on the books contact: farackal@gmail.com; franarac@live.com; www.farackal.org
About the Author

Dr. Francis Arackal, OP is a professor of Philosophy & Media and is a trained journalist. He has been Formator, Superior, Parish Priest and Editor. He has also been the Joint Secretary of the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) for four years. His higher studies in Rome and Ireland and media work has taken him to many countries. He brings to bear on the writing of both these books his vast multi-faceted experience (especially pastoral) in abundant measure. For more details about the author visit: www.farackal.org

Decline in Media Standards

Media teacher and scholar Dr. Francis Arackal in his latest book The Indian Media: How Credible? highlights the general decline in media standards in India. An exception to this is the patch work of investigative reporting done by two media units such as The Indian Express and Tehelka. The subtitle of the book Investigative Reporting in India and the Indian Express is a pointer to this.

The main thesis in this book: The journalistic standard of mainstream media in India is on the decline. The author has paraphrased the words of Aamir Khan, an iconic Indian actor, who too sees The Indian Express and to some extent Tehelka as exceptions to this general decline. Overall the research concludes: The Press in India is Free; Investigative Reporting is a Public Service; People in India Consider Investigative Reporting a Public Service; Investigative Reporting More Important in India than other democracies because of rampant corruption and shameful societal practices; The Aim of Investigative Reporting is to Expose Corruption and Make the System Accountable and Responsible.

This book is the result of Dr. Arackal’s research for nearly four years done mainly through a survey among the post-graduate students of eight leading media institutes in India: 1) Six schools from New Delhi – Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Indian Institute of Mass Communications (IIMC), IAAN School of Mass Communications (ISMC), Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre (AJKMCRC), Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication (SAIMC), National Institute of Social Communications Research and Training (NISCORT). 2) Two schools from South India: Journalism Department at Christ College, Bangalore, and Manorama School of Mass Communication (MASCOM).

This work with its inherent limitations has made at least five contributions to media research in India:

First, it has attempted to show the nature and state of Investigative Reporting in India. As far as data on Indian media research is available, a study of this kind has not been attempted before.

Second, it has tried to take a closer look at the way The Indian Express, one of the leading English Dailies in India, functions – its commitment, professionalism and so forth. This too is a first as far as media research in India is concerned.

Third, the study also showed why Investigative Reporting is so important for a country like India, though the largest democracy in the world, still plagued by enormous corruption and so many social evils.

Fourth, the study enabled us to come to know what many (262) of the future journalists of India, being trained in some of the most prestigious media institutions, think about Investigative Reporting and the way it is executed by The Indian Express.

Fifth, the study revealed a fact, which many in India might not be aware: That more and more Indian women are coming into the field of journalism, which is hugely satisfying and encouraging to the Indian society in general and women in particular.

The theoretical part of the research was done from the Gregorian University, Rome and Temple University, Philadelphia (USA).Through this book the author would like above all to propagate the need for value based ethical journalism in India.

The book was published by Better Yourself Books, Mumbai, September 2010. Pages 336, Price; Rs. 250.

For more info about the author visit:www.farackal.org

To order any of the three books contct: farackal@gmail.com

 

He may be contacted at:
Glenn Morris
Convento SS. Domenico e Sisto
Largo Angelicum 1
00184 Roma, Italy
Tel. : 0039 06 6702211 (Room)
0039 06 6702357 (Office)
Mobile : 0039 3383855217
E-mail : yourglenn@yahoo.com

fr. Morris is a member of the Indian Dominican Province. At present he is the Secretary General of University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome.

“The cross is at the heart of Christianity; Christianity would not be true to itself without the cross. The devotion to the Stations of the Cross, the prayer whereby we accompany Jesus to Calvary, has always been a source of great strength to the Christian… These Stations will be a front of inspiration and courage for all the faithful.”

Walking with Saint Dominic is a collection of reflections and meditations on St. Dominic’s way of following Jesus. To walk with St. Dominic means to walk with Jesus, for St. Dominic teaches us how to walk in the footsteps of his Master. His genius lies in the way in which he brought together into a wonderful synthesis the two main facets of Jesus’ life, namely, his contem¬plative union with his Father in quiet prayer and reflection and his untiring preaching of the Good News to bring healing and salvation to people. The mixed life that St. Dominic gave to us unites these two sides of Jesus’ life into a unified whole. Adopting St. Dominic’s way of following Jesus is a tested and proven way of imitating Jesus, for it moulds us into true disciples and striking witnesses to Jesus, the Truth, who enfleshed himself among us. That is why putting on St. Dominic is a secure way of putting on Christ. In this book we are invited to look again and again at St. Dominic, who is the light of the Church, teacher of truth, rose of patience, ivory of chastity and preacher of grace. He will help us by his prayers as he himself promised and will walk with us as our faithful companion and sure guide in the way of Jesus Christ.
Peter B. Lobo, OP, former novice master, major superior and lecturer in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, Providence College, U.S.A., and the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, is a member of the Province of India of the Friars of the Order of Preachers and presently a lecturer in theology at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur, India. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum, and has taught, given conferences and preached in India and several other parts of the world. He edited and published The Genius of St. Dominic by M.-H. Vicaire, OP and Mirabilia Descripta by Jordan of Severac, OP. For several years he was the editor of Dominican Ashram, a periodical on Dominican life and mission that served English-speaking Dominicans the world over.

Book is available from the Author at: St Charles Seminary, Seminary Hill,
Nagpur – 440 006
Email: domwalking@yahoo.com
peterjlobo@yahoo.co.in